Violinist Ole Bull, circa 1870.
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Portrait of Ole Bull.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

Acclaimed as one of the greatest violin virtuosos of his age, Norwegian Ole Bull (1810-1880) in 1852 bought more than 17 square miles of land in the mountains of northern Pennsylvania's Potter County to establish a Norwegian settlement in America. The colony soon floundered and Bull returned to Norway in 1857. In 1920, Pennsylvania established the 117-acre Ole Bull State Park, which contains the site of the Norwegian settlements.

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